Adapted from a Q&A session held at the Southern Africa Qlik Summit 2018
Between Jane Thomson (SAQMR Director) and Rob Godlonton (CEO, ICT Division EOH)
In the Information Technology sector, businesses across the globe are seeking solutions to help customers survive in a two-speed world. According to Rob Godlonton, CEO, ICT Division, EOH, “Many organisations have current legacy system in place and are looking to digitally transform their systems.”
Businesses now need to work in that two-speed world where concurrent on-premise and cloud operations become the norm (for now). “We need to spend on understanding data and systems,” adds Godlonton. “That’s where we see South Africa Qlik Master Reseller (SAQMR) playing a massive role. We need to understand the data and need the tools to access it.”
Building Organisations Based on Data
A sound approach to building a data-centric organisation is to lean on other organisations that have grown up in the data field. Ask:
- How do we build tools based on data?
- How do we use that data to build business solutions?
- How do we use that data to deliver value?
The Cornerstone of What Qlik Does
“Data is cornerstone of what we do,” confirms Jane Thomson, Director at SAQMR.
Godlonton adds that; “The volume of data available is growing exponentially. Qlik partners are working hard to create new jobs in South Africa, developing data scientists and an understanding of how business can work within that industry.”
Data science is about someone that can understand data, and make informed decisions based on the data. “Qlik helps business to do that,” he says.
EOH Supports the Cloud Journey
Most organisations are in the process of moving to one cloud or another. “From an EOH perspective, we consider the public cloud, whether customers want to use our platforms, or if they want to stay on their own. The key is to understand where your data is, and then ensure data security. Our systems integrator is helping customers move to any cloud business they’re interested in,” advises Godlonton.